Hey...does anyone know if the Crystazzi brand of pearls and crystals that Michael's sells...are those Swarks? I had gotten the impression that they were but the packages don't state that which makes me suspicious! Help?
I have never heard of Swarovski selling their crystals under another name. Why would they? Their own brand name is the most desireable of all. I would bet they are NOT Swarovskis.
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Sherri, Thanks...I really didn't think they were and I don't know where i got the impression that they were but I wasn't really sure. And your right...why would they? LOL...just didn't think about it that way. Thanks!!!
I know I read about their crystals somewhere - I think here on the forum - and how they cut stringing material. But it was their crystals, not the pearls. I haven't used either so I couldn't tell you for sure if they do.
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Crystazzi crystals are a separate brand from Swarovski. I just got an email from Shipwreck Beads that they have them for 50% off right now if anyone's interested.
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I have used bothe the Crstazzi Pearls and the crystals. They are not Swarovski but they aren't bad either....better than a lot of pearls out there. I think I've only had one pearl where the finish cracked but it makes me use them just for samples for my local classes and I opt for Swarovskis in anything that I sell.....fortnately I get Swarovskis at a killer price. The bead show this weekend is selling 50 Swarovski pearls at twice what I pay for 100!!! Lol! I should set up a Swarovski booth outside!
If they are Swarovski, they will have the name Swarovski on them. I'm hearing rumors that there are some pretty decent Swarovski knock-offs coming from China. That's a big part of the reason Swarovski changed the cut on their bicones. One of our suppliers had gotten some that they were actually calling "Chinese Swarovski". We told them that we don't want it if it's not REAL Swarovski. Last time I checked, they weren't carrying them any more!
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I haven't used the Crystazzi crystals, but I do use the Crystazzi pearls often and I like them.
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Swarovski has started selling through Jolene - they are even fully branded as Swarovski Crystallized(R) Elements. I was just in Michael's - they've got an enormous selection there.
I also thought that Crystazzi were also Swarovski, but I checked - and they aren't.
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How does Crystazzi compare with Swarovski (and Celestial) crystals?? I try out designs with CC, but prefer Swarovski for appearance.
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I bought some of the pearls...they look great...the sheen on them is really nice. I will say that I personally think that the Swark pearls feel nicer. As far as long term wear and things like that I am not sure...I have yet to use them. But...I am sure someone here has! =)
CrystalCubeBead.:How does Crystazzi compare with Swarovski (and Celestial) crystals?? I try out designs with CC, but prefer Swarovski for appearance.
I have only seen the crystazzi crystals at michaels, but never bought any. In the package, the bicones and cubes look pretty good, but they are more expensive at michaels than you can get real swarovski for online, so I don't know why you would buy them except the convenience factor, or maybe if you had a half off coupon.
I like the celestial crystal because of the inexpensive price, but it doesn't compare to the real stuff. I think its sort of half way between swarovski and czech fire-polished glass. But as long as you know that upfront, you won't be disappointed.
I am just starting to make a few pieces of jewelry for family and may a few local consignment shops. Could you give me any web stores that have really good prices -- especially for crystals and bead caps? I don't mind buying a few things in bulk because from what I've seen sometimes you can buy 200 for the same price you will pay for 20. The craft stores like Michaels, JoAnns and Hobby Lobby are okay when they have sales, but they have limited selection and I live over an hour away from any of those (Kentucky). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Call me crazy, but I really like the Crystazzi pearls (I've never used their bi-cones or rounds). I think they have some fantastic colors, and the finish really does seem to hold up well on them. They have a bit more of a "pearly" look to them, they're like somehow more glossy or shiny, where Swarks have a "glow" finish. I haven't had any problems with the Crystazzi pearls at all. I rather like them LOL. And if you can catch them on sale at Michaels, they're VERY cost effective!
NicoleT24:Call me crazy, but I really like the Crystazzi pearls
That's nice to hear. While I like the Swarovski pearls well enough, I've never thought they were worth the price. They don't look like real pearls to me, but I've been a bit afraid to use other glass pearls - not sure how well they's hold up. I'll have to make a trip to Michael's to check out the Crystazzi pearls